KIPP Rise Academy Middle

Rise Academy is the school that makes learning fun, from offering over 30 extra-curriculars, to turning reading and math into prize-winning competitions.

  • 450 Students
  • 5-8 Grades
  • 2006 Year

  • Race
    • 92% African-American
    • 8% latino
    • 1% Other
  • Free & Reduced meals
    • 74% free
    • 15% reduced
    • 11% paid
  • Gender
    • 48% male
    • 52% female
  • Special Education
    • 15% qualify for services
    • 85% do not qualify for services


21 Ashland Street
Newark, NJ 07103

(P) 973-242-7473

David Branson, School Leader


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School Hours

M,Tu,Tr,F:     7:25 am - 4:00 pm

W:     7:25 am - 2:00 pm

What you'll find at Rise


Rise students have the opportunity to participate in over 30 extra-curricular activities, from grappling to cycling club to book club, and so many more.


Most subjects have two teachers in each classroom with additional learning specialists as well. This allows students to learn each lesson in a way that's tailored to their individual needs.

Millionaire Club

Reading is a fun competition between students. We track number of words read and celebrate major milestones when students reach one, five, and 20 million words read. This is one of the many academic results measured in great detail.

The Rise name

Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.

"Rise Academy" derives from the Maya Angelou poem, "Still I Rise."

Fifth graders use touch screen devices to track progress on their reading speed and comprehension.

Academic Growth

Students enter Rise Academy in a variety of places. They all leave on the path to college. Over 50% of our kids enter Rise Academy below grade level. They typically leave with their peers across the state, not just in Newark. To see more about our academic growth, click here »

Individualized learning

Students start math class with a quick quiz about the day's lesson which tells the teachers how well each kid understands the content. Since there are multiple teachers in each room, students get the lesson tailored to their needs.

Celebrating achievement

Posters that celebrate student progress and achievement line every wall of Rise Academy. Gamifying tasks like reading and doing math makes learning a fun and friendly competition.

Khan Academy Math Bar

The math bar is set up with laptops where kids practice on Khan Academy. Their results are posted on a large monitor so that they can watch progress against themselves and peers.

Developing the whole child

At Rise Academy, students learn one of their biggest lessons on the first day of summer school: everything is earned. Students start out earning their chair and uniform, but quickly move to earning a seat on trips around the area, clubs and activities, and other perks, for doing the right thing and meeting expectations. Students continue to earn things throughout the year with the ultimate prize being a seat on one of the four end-of-year trips: DC, Utah, California, or the Costa Rica.

Sample Trips and Activities

Princeton-Blairstown Center
Six Flags Great Adventure
Branch Brook Park Skating Rink
Camping at Toye Recreation Camp
New York Hall of Science
Liberty Science Center
Colonial Williamsburg
Broadway Comedy Club in New York
Bodies Exhibit

Sample Extra-curriculars

Cross Country
Bicycle Club

Sample Schedule

  • Arrival

    7:15 AM
  • Breakfast

    7:15 AM
  • Monitoring library

    7:30 AM
  • Grade level assembly

    8:00 AM
  • Teach

    8:30 AM
  • Prep - Plan next week;
    complete projects

    10:00 AM
  • Teach

    11:05 AM
  • Teach

    12:40 PM
  • Lunch

    1:15 PM
  • Teach

    2:00 PM
  • Prep - Lesson Plan;
    Observe classrooms

    3:00 PM
  • Dismissal;
    Office Hours

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

* Teachers get about two hours of prep

Nice Words from Our Families

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Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.

Rebecca Townes-Mays, Rise Parent

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The teachers are always willing to stay after and help. It's great that someone besides me wants to push my child to be the best they can be.

Rise Parent

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Awesome..The staff is excellent and they take pride in the education of each child.

Rise Parent

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I would highly recommend anyone putting their child here.

Denice, Rise Parent